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September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

This corn prop is one of many used in the campaign to help pass Initiative 522. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

This corn prop is one of many used in the campaign to help pass Initiative 522. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

A commercial experiment

Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.]

This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or not the public shall have the right to decline to participate as guinea pigs in a huge (but profitable) experiment in human nutrition, the effects of which, like smoking (endorsed by doctors in the past), may be unknown for years.

I believe the public should have the right to choose whether or not to participate in any experiment, whether scientific or commercial.

Bill Appel, Seattle

Comments | More in Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: crops, food, genetically-engineered

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